International opportunities for students
4 -15 July 2022 - 2nd edition


Activities with students physically present in Rovereto will start on Monday morning 4 July and will finish on Friday afternoon 15 July 2022. 


Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Fedrigotti Building, Corso Bettini 31, Rovereto (both in the classroom and outdoors, depending on activities and the weather).
One lesson at least will take place at the Interdepartmental Center of Medical Sciences - CISMed in Trento.


logo psyhuman labThe two-week programme combines lectures, workshops, and outdoor activities.
Lectures and workshops will be based on the principles and practices of participatory didactics: teachers in bio-medical, cultural, linguistic, literary, philosophical, psychological, and sociological studies will actively engage participants, who will, in turn, be encouraged to share their scientific and professional knowledge and competencies in the classroom, thus triggering a virtuous multidisciplinary learning process.
Narrative Medicine Labs: the signature educational practices of narrative medicine (e.g., close reading, attentive listening, creative writing) will characterise a series of group and individual works and debates.
Outdoor activities: one-day excursion (Arte Sella); half-day outdoor activities such as guided tour of Rovereto and Trento; and guided tour and meditative-aesthetic workshop at the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum of Rovereto and Trento (MART). A Video by one of the 2021 Edition's former students is available below, as well as the Photogallery (in the download Box).


The Summer School in Psychological Humanities and Narrative Medicine (PsyHuman) is based on the idea that narrative-based, subject-centred and culture-bound approaches of the humanities and arts can complement clinical psychology and bio-medical sciences, in order to comprehend illness and trauma, to promote health and well-being, and to build inclusive societies and affective communities.
By comprising psychological, medical, scientific but also literary, cultural, aesthetic and sociological studies, the PsyHuman summer school fosters an integrated model of health promotion and a conceptualisation of the experience of illness and trauma as at once evidence-based/objective/universal and personal/subjective/unique. It also aims at exploring the role of narrative-based and intersectional models oh healthcare in developing life skills that can be beneficial in times of strain (such as stress-coping capacity, resilience, and empathy).
Lectures and workshops will address the following issues:

  • the psychological humanities
  • narrative medicine & narrative-based approaches to health promotion
  • cross-disciplinary narratives of collective traumas and dehumanisation
  • illness and trauma in clinical psychology and in the arts/humanities
  • neuro-aesthetics and aesthetic meditation
  • mindfulness and contemplative practices for well-being
  • narrative empathy and interdisciplinary approaches to empathy
  • developing life skills for health and well-being promotion
  • building inclusive and affective communities.

Participants will enhance the following life skills: narrative competence, empathy, self-awareness, and interpersonal relationship skills.

Workload and Credits

The School, taught entirely through English, consists of 7 hours per day of organised activities (lectures, workshops, seminars, excursions).
At the end of the School participants will receive an official UniTrento transcript of records certifying 6 ECTS (+ 2 possible additional credits for optional extra work to be arranged with the academic coordinator).
Please, refer to the Assessment Tasks document in the download Box.

Participants' Background

Admission reserved for up to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 senior undergraduate and graduate international students (upper-level Bachelor's and all Master's students).
The PsyHuman Summer School adopts a cross-disciplinary approach. For this reason, we welcome participants who are eager to enhance their cross-disciplinary competence.
Admission is open (but not limited to) students with the following background: Aesthetics, Arts, Cognitive Science, Cultural Studies, Literature, Linguistics, Medicine, Nursing, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology. 
A good level of English is needed (minimum level B2).


Nominations by partner Universities: by 15 April 2022.
Nominated students and external students are asked to finalize the online application by 30 April 2022 and to upload a CV, ToR and a motivation letter.
The online application tool is available in the section Useful links.
Students will receive the final confirmation of admission between 30 April and 6 May 2022 and are asked to pay by 15 May 2022.
The School will be activated with a minimum number of 10 international participants.

Participation Costs

Students from UniTrento partners universities: 400 Euros 
External students (from non-partner universities): 1.000 Euros
A maximum of 2 ECIU students are free of charge (selected among other ECIU students, on the basis of merit, academic profile and motivation letter). All other admitted ECIU students pay the university partner fee.
Payment details will be sent to admitted participants.
A maximum of 2 UniTrento students can apply starting from 1 May if there are still available places. The participation cost is of 100 Euros.
The participation cost includes: lunch and dinners in the university canteen from Monday to Friday and a socio-cultural program consisting of: a guided visit of the town, a welcome drink and a farewell buffet, a one-day excursion and a half-day visit, entrance to a museum or other attraction.
Excluded are: accommodation, breakfasts, weekend meals, insurance, travel costs.
No scholarships awarded by UniTrento.
: Participation fees will be reimbursed 100% in case of cancellation due to serious illness or a positive COVID swab test within the 48 hours prior to departure for Italy. No fees will be reimbursed in case of cancellation for any other reason.


All participants are responsible for planning and paying for their own lodging in Rovereto, ideally near the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science and the city centre where most classes will be held. Check-in should be on Sunday 3 and check out on Saturday 16 July. Details will be sent to admitted participants. Details and possible housing solutions providing the Trentino Guest Card to guests will be available soon.

Covid Related Measures

The Green Pass is not mandatory within Italy anymore to access public places or transportation.
Although during all indoor activities during PsyHuman (classroom, private bus, museums, etc.) a surgical mask is required in all cases. 
Make sure you are aware of the covid-related rules during your travel by checking the Useful links section Covid-19 travelers.

Academic Coordinators

Prof. Maria Micaela Coppola (DiPSCo, CISMed) and Prof. Sara Dellantonio (DiPSCo) - PsyHuman Lab 


International Relations Division 
international [at]
Tel + 39 0461 283224 - 2980